Well, here we go - my first attempt at writing a blog. Many thanks to Ian, my son-in-law
, for putting this page together for me and also for all the work he has done on my website over the years. He designed the website and set it up for me so that I could change the images and add to them when neccessary.
A week or so ago I finished the tapestry 'The Picnic'. This tapestry (sett-11epi, so quite a fine one) features my son Michael's five children as they were on a day back in February. We were visiting the Bird Garden at Katikati when I caught this image on my camera, all with hands in their mouths eating their lunch. I manipulated the image on Photoshop, came up with two slightly different concepts and the tapestry is different again. I am working on family heirloom work at the moment. Have been on a bit of 'limbo' time after my major exhibition, trying to decide what theme to work on next for another exhibition in the future. Lots of ideas and have exhibited drawings in two exhibition this year and last, but so far am still working on ideas for tapestry. See the website for these works in the exhibitions 'Sittings' and 'New Connections'.
I am back working on 'Lace 2' a portrait of Lissie, my youngest daughter. This work is a major one, 13 epi, and will be 120 x 160cm when completed. (See the website
for work in progress images). I had always wanted to weave a large fine tapestry and this one is 'it'. Probably the only very fine large one I will do, though it is nowhere near as large as the old medieval tapestries which were woven around this sett and up to 3 x 5metres in size or larger. We just can't afford to weave this size in this day and age. 'Lace 2' will take between 15 and 18months to weave and this time is spread over possibly 3 years as it is the work that goes on 'hold' if I get a commission or need to weave something else.
Last night, my sister Julie Steffens and I went over to the Christchurch Art Gallery to hear Jonathan Mane-Wheoki give a lecture on Pacific Art. 'Pasifika Rising: A Cultural Strand in Contemporary New Zealand Art'. Jonathan is a great speaker and in this lecture was discussing the tuakana-teina relationship between contemporary Maori and Pacific Art. The tuakana-teina relationship deals with the older sibling/younger sibling realtionships between tangata whenua (Maori - the original settlers in New Zealand) and tangata Pasifika who are part of the tangata tiriti (more recent settlers such as Pakeha, Pacific Islanders and others). A very thought provoking lecture. Pacific Art is going from strength to strength with artists like Fatu Fe-eu, Michael Tuffery and Shane Tuffery and many others producing wonderful work.
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